New Delhi, May 14: Working towards fulfilling its commitment to wash out terrorism and unlawful activities, the Union Home Ministry issued a fresh notification extending the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The ban has been extended for another five years over its strong anti-India posture and the threat it poses to the nation.
In its notification issued on Tuesday, the Ministry of Home Affairs said, “The LTTE's objective for a separate homeland (Tamil Eelam) threatens the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India, and amounts to cession and secession of a part of the territory of India from the Union and thus falls within the ambit of unlawful activities.”
The ministry added that LTTE has been secretly working towards Tamil Eelam, a proposed independent state for Tamils, and undertaking fundraising activities for the same. In the notification, the MHA adds that the activities of the cadres, sympathizers, supporters traced in the state of Tamil Nadu suggests that they have been sent to be utilised by the LITE unlawful activities.
Despite of the ban, the activities of pro-LTTE organisations and individuals have come to notice of the government. These organisations have also made attempts to extend their support to the LTTE.
The LTTE leaders, operatives and supporters have been inimically opposed to India's policy on their organisation and action of the State machinery in curbing their activities.
A total of 41 terrorist outfits, including the LTTE, have been banned under the first schedule of the unlawful activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Al-Qaida, Jammu and Kashmir Islamic Front and Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) are some of the other organisations included in the list.